2014 Gratitude and New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! Here it is, just about 2014 already – where does the time go?

Are you a resolution type of person? Do you have your goals in mind, the changes you want to make, and a list of accomplishments planned out for the next 3, 6, or 12 months? Many people use today to start over. It is a Renaissance of a sort – a rebirth!

If you do have a list of things, are you really interested in achieving them? Are there things on the list that you want to have (materialistic things)? Are there activities that you want to engage in this year (things you want to do), like running a 5k, or taking a trip? How about items that directly affect your well being? Are there any of those on your list?

If you re-read the above paragraph, the order I listed the questions are generally the order that people have for their lists. In fact, if you really want to accomplish your list, you need to load up in the opposite manner.

Huh? You should first Be, then Do, so you can Have. It is so easy to get caught up the other way around. “When I have a new car, then I will start to find a new job, so I will be happy.” In reality, you should Be happy and you will find a new job which will put you on the path to having a new car.

My focus the first 3 months of 2014 involve 2 items – one deals with being more healthy and the other is in the area of my websites. My mindset is one of being healthy. That makes it easier to get to the gym, to eat right (and not eat poorly).  This will lead to me having a smaller tummy, more energy, a better physical feeling, and overall strength. In effect, I am continuing the process carried forward from this year.

I am not using ‘excuses’ like I am too out of shape, so I can’t keep up at an aerobics class. I am not saying, “I am tired. I don’t want to work out.” Nike says it best – Just Do It! It is all about a series of small, incremental changes made on a daily basis. I am going to start out by giving up sugar – all sugar – for the first 2 weeks.

I will BE healthy so I can DO the things I want in order to HAVE the energy I want to have. When you think of your New Year’s Goals (or resolutions) with the ‘Be, Do, Have’ mentality, you certainly will accomplish them much easier.

And that will bring you more gratitude in your life!

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2014?

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru

1 Comment

  1. Shirley Byrd-Solem on December 31, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I am grateful for the difference your quotes have brought to me and my family’s lives as I forwarded those to them which had the most impact upon my life and my thinking.
    Be well, Paul, and a very successful 2014 working toward a healthier you.
    How may I help you promote the good you share?
    In gratitude,

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